For the past seven years, I have had major problems with my digestive system.
At first, it started with simple bloating — I would belch nonstop for hours, but rarely did the belching help — but over time I also started having issues with diarrhea and constipation, stomach cramps in my lower belly as well just below my sternum, and nausea.
The most recent symptom is an immense amount of flatulence as well as the belching and bloating. Now, the bloating is so bad that the pressure builds and I start having severe pains and difficulty breathing.
I have seen many, many doctors for this. I have had several x-rays, a stool sample taken, blood tests done. Celiac's was negative, among many other things including Crohn's. My doctor has me scheduled to do a CT scan next. I am at my wit's end trying to find some kind of way to deal with this problem. I am tired of having to pass gas and belch all the time just to relieve the immense pressure in my stomach, especially since the gas comes out very loudly and very smelly. It almost smells like sulfur, 90% of the time.
My doctor also had me up my fiber intake, and for a few weeks I was taking around 45g per day. It did nothing to help. They gave me all sorts of medications, none of which have helped. Even when I was preparing for my colonscopy and had drank the jug of stuff that emptied me out, I was still having bloating and belching issues.